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Espressivo Launches its Fourth Season!

Michel Singher

Johann Sebastian Bach will be juxtaposed with Igor Stravinsky, notably under his influence, in the concert with which Espressivo—a small, intense orchestra launches its fourth season on Sunday afternoon, September 16th at 3 o’clock at Peace United Church, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz.

Lars Johannesson will be featured as flutist in Bach’s Second Orchestral Suite. Other works include Bach’s Third Brandenburg Concerto, and two Neo-classical works of Stravinsky, the “Dumbarton Oaks” and “Basle” concertos.

The orchestra will be conducted by its founding Artistic Director, Michel Singher.

Individual, group and season tickets are available at the door or at Tickets to the November 2018 concert featuring renowned pianist Peter Serkin are available only as part of a season subscription at this point.

[For more information: (831) 247-8505].


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2018-2019 Monterey Symphony Season

Alex Berko
October 20 & 21, 2018
The Monterey Symphony will open the 73rd season – Sound Waves – with Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, “The Great;” and a new work from composer Alex Berko, commissioned in collaboration with the Big Sur Land Trust, entitled Among Waves.
Berko, an exceptional student at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, spent a week in residence at the Glen Deven Ranch in Big Sur, drawing inspiration from the deep beauty of the landscape for inclusion in his new orchestral work. Glen Deven Ranch played a role in the first commission with the Big Sur Land Trust, resulting in Big Sur, the…
Carol Wincenc
November 17 & 18, 2018
Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Op. 36 – often referred to as the “Fate” symphony because of the dark undertones – headlines the second concert of the season. Written in the shadow of Beethoven’s masterful Symphony No. 5, Tchaikovsky echoes the great master’s melancholy in this hallmark orchestral work.
Carol Wincenc, professor of flute at Juilliard, joins the orchestra for Carl Nielsen’s Flute Concerto, composed in 1926 for the legendary flautist M. Holger-Gilbert Jespersen. This concert will also feature members of the Youth Music Monterey County Honors Orchestra playing side-by-side on…
February 16 & 17, 2019
The season Sound Waves comes alive in the third concert with four works all dedicated to the sea. Claude Debussy, the father of Impressionism in music, composed La Mer in the mold of a symphony, but eschewed the traditional title for one more authentic to the sound of the music. French composer Jacques Ibert, the director of French opera in Rome, wrote Escales – a suite for orchestra that perfectly resembles postcards from three Mediterranean ports – after finding his obsession with the sea.
This concert features “Four Sea Interludes” from Peter Grimes, Op. 33a, by Benjamin Britten,…
Christopher S. Lamb
March 16 & 17, 2019
Jung-Ho Pak guest conducts the fourth concert of the season with works by Tan Dun, Shostakovich, and Alan Hovhaness. Revolutionary experimental composer Tan Dun transposes the sounds of water – at play and at work – into the textures of his music, most literally in Water Concerto for water percussion and orchestra.
The symphonic poem And God Created Great Whales by Alan Hovhaness – commissioned in 1970 by the New York Philharmonic – features prerecorded humpback whale vocalizations, and was credited with early efforts to save whales from extinction. To celebrate the Soviet victory over…
Elmar Oliveira
April 13 & 14, 2019
Three Romantic German composers are featured on the fifth concert of the season, opening with Mendelssohn’s concert overture Calm Seas and Prosperous Voyage, Op. 27, inspired by Beethoven’s work of the same name; along with fellow Jewish composer Max Bruch’s popular Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 26, featuring solo artist Elmar Oliveira returning to play with the Monterey Symphony.
Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 4, Op. 120, originally his unpublished second symphony, underwent massive revisions in 1851 – five years before his death – proving his mastery over orchestration and increased…
Marcos Madrigal
May 18 & 19, 2019
The sixth and final concert of the season, Sound Waves, will conclude in grand fashion with music by Wagner, Chopin, and Beethoven! Richard Wagner composed many brilliant overtures throughout his many German operas, including the overture from The Flying Dutchman, featured as the opening work in the season finale. Chopin’s stunning Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 21, follows, with magnificent Cuban pianist Marcos Madrigal performing the popular work, composed before Chopin completed his formal education at age 20.
The season ends with one of the greatest compositions for the concert hall of all…
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Halida Dinova performs on the “Aptos Keyboard Series @ St. Johns”

Pianist Halida Dinova has been a familiar presence both in the Santa Cruz area and on the Monterey Peninsula in several solo recitals during the past ten years. Thus, it was no surprise that enough of her fans showed up to hear her perform on Sunday afternoon at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist in Aptos so that the presenters ran out of printed programs.

Tatar born Russian pianist Halida Dinova studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with legendary pianist Anatol Ugorski and at the Kazan State Conservatory with Natalia Fomina (a student of the famed Heinrich Neuhaus). Ms. Dinova also studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she received her Artist Diploma. She is the prize winner of three International Piano Competitions. Read full story

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Days and Nights Festival Returns to Big Sur

Big Sur / Carmel, California – the highly acclaimed Days and Nights Festival, founded and curated by Philip Glass, returns to Big Sur for its seventh edition from September 30th – October 7th with 5 days of world-class performances.

The festival begins with a two part concert entitled Indigenous World. Part One inhabits the musical and spiritual tradition of the Wixarika indigenous people from Santa Catarina Cuexcomatitlán – a relationship that Philip Glass has cultivated for over two decades; during a 3 hour break festival goers are encouraged to explore Big Sur and return to Philip & Friends, the second part of the Indigenous World concert featuring the music of Tibet as performed by Lavinia Meijer and Tenzin Choegyal. On Tuesday, October 2nd, Festival goers will be guided by Victor Sanchez through an interactive show called Second Attention accompanied with a performance by Philip Glass. On Wednesday, experimental film maker, Enid Baxter Ryce, will show her work-in-progress: War & Weather, a hand-painted, animated film that features the music of Philip Glass and explores the relationship humans have with the environment. To finish the festival, Philip Glass, in co-production with San Francisco-based Opera Parallèle, will perform Franz Kafka’s short story In the Penal Colony and the audience will be wowed at An Evening of Glass Music with 3 Pianos featuring Philip Glass, Dennis Russell Davies and piano virtuoso Maki Namekawa at Carmel’s intimate 300 seat Golden Bough Theatre. Extended information on ticketed events can be found below – tickets are on sale at on beginning on Wednesday, August 8th.


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Carmel Bach Festival 2018 – Virginia Best Adams Vocal Master Class

David Gordon, Master Class Director

This year’s sessions of the Adams Master Class are being led by Master Class Director David Gordon, Festival Associate Conductor Andrew Megill and Festival Vocalists Mhairi Lawdon, Meg Bragle and David Newman. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the last of the sessions on Thursday, July 26, at Carmel Presbyterian Church in Carmel. The culmination of these sessions will be the Virginia Best Adams Masterclass Showcase Concert at 1:30 pm on Saturday afternoon, July 28, also at Carmel Presbyterian.

All too often master classes involve distinguished performers lording it over young students, who become victims of the master class teacher’s vanity and ego. Nothing could be further from the truth during the Adams master classes. The participants we heard today are young professionals already successful in their careers, and the Adams Master Classes represent advanced coaching from a seasoned professional to younger colleagues. The interaction between David Gordon and the young young singers was always warm, courteous, respectful and gently inspiring.

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